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    Changsha stoneware model of a bell. The bell has brown glaze on the lower half.

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    • 700-900
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 42 millimetres
    • Diameter: 36 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

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    Model of a bell

    This small bell has a loop for suspension and makes a noise when rattled as there is a small piece of loose clay inside. It is dipped into an iron-brown glaze.

    Stoneware with iron-brown glaze
    Changsha ware長沙窯
    Changsha, Hunan province 湖南省長沙市
    Tang dynasty, about AD 700–900


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    • Medley 1980 p.34, no.110 bibliographic details
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Changsha stoneware model of a bell. The bell has brown glaze on the lower half.

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